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NATAS Daytime Emmy Rule Changes: All My Children & One Life to Live Eligible To Compete in All Major Drama Series Categories!

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There is some good news today for fans, performers, and production personnel, when it comes to the revivals and online versions of Prospect Park’s All My Children and One Life to Live, and it comes from NATAS  (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) and its new rule changes for the Daytime Emmys!

One of which defines how many episodes a series must have to be eligible for inclusion in all the major daytime drama categories from here on forward.  These changes have now been approved and implemented for the upcoming 2014 Emmy campaign!

According to NATAS and being announced today: “Daytime Drama programs which have produced at least 35 original episodes in the calendar year of 2013 will be eligible to enter the same category as the Network Daytime Dramas.  This will result in Prospect Park’s One Life to Live and All My Children competing against The Young & The Restless, (CBS) The Bold & The Beautiful, (CBS) General Hospital  (ABC) and Days of Our Lives (NBC).  All of the actors and crafts people on these shows will also be eligible to compete in their appropriate related categories.”

In addition for web series that do not meet the minimum requirement of 35 episodes there is also a new category adopted for them named “Outstanding New Approaches Drama Series”.  So, here is where you could see shows such as Venice, etc land a nomination.

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Finally, for the first time, there will be a category in the 2014 contest honoring “Entertainment News” programs which have not had a specific category to enter in the Daytime Emmy Awards. This category will honor programs covering the entertainment industry with a focus on human interest, popular culture and celebrity gossip and interviews. Programs such as the syndicated Entertainment Tonight and Extra are two examples of “Entertainment News” programs.  Moving forward, these “Entertainment News” programs may choose to enter this new Daytime Emmy Awards category or enter the Primetime Emmy Awards in the “Outstanding Informational Series or Special” category, competing with a variety of different kinds of shows.  Programs entering in this genre may enter in only one competition; those choosing to enter in the Primetime category would not be eligible for the “Entertainment News” category in Daytime Emmy Awards.

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David Michaels, Senior Executive Director, Daytime Emmy Awards stated on the category changes,“I am very pleased to include these new categories in the Daytime Emmy contest.  I strongly believe that every broadcast entity should have a chance to compete for an Emmy Award in a true peer to peer competition.”

So what do you think about seeing your favorites from AMC and OLTL getting to participate in the Daytime Emmy process? Who do you think deserves a nomination? There were some powerful performance in season one of AMC and OLTL! What do you think about all the other rule changes?
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No1_ILoveLucyFan
No1_ILoveLucyFan

Excellent news! I don’t watch OLTL, but All My Children was doing some really good work last season – I can’t wait for season 2!!

Sam
Sam

I hope they both win because as of now it looks like prospect park has cancelled One Life to Live and even All My Children season 2. ;-(

Mary SF
Mary SF

Award shows are a joke- whether music,television, web or movies– but I guess if you are into that kind of stuff and you’re a performer or professional in the business and you need a statue to boast your ego; to have someone tell you how “good” you are, which is subjective– then I suppose this is good news for some.

No1_ILoveLucyFan
No1_ILoveLucyFan

Well you’re just a little ray of sunshine, aren’t you?

Joshua
Joshua

Even when they were on ABC, neither “All My Children” or “One Life to Live” sneaked in many Emmy nominations, especially in their last ten years.

This is slightly positive news but I still expect to see “General Hospital” and that Gawd-Awful “Young and the Restless” duking it out for most of the prizes. Yawwwwn.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I don’t understand your need to be sarcastic — I fully acknowledged if you like that sort of thing this would be good news. If have grown cynical of these awards show is because most understand the process by which artists are recognized is flawed at best, or at worst corrupt. But I will admit perhaps the crack about it being all about ego for the artists involved was uncalled for– I was just thinking of one actress who has won multiple times yet still puts her name in year after year– even Oprah had enough sense to stop submitting her show after winning a few times. So, isn’t about ego for all of them– that I retract. But as I said if you like those shows and if you’re happy a favorite actor of yours can be in the running great–root for them. But putting me down for my opinion doesn’t change the reality of these shows for me–

Alex
Alex

The rich and famous need us ordinary folks support and even more recognition for the work they do, after all acting is so difficult. It won’t really matter anyway, OLTL and AMC aren’t coming back anyway. Since there are only 4 soaps, it is really an award anymore? Sarcastic, moi? LOL 😉

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris

Good News! Now if they would only put OLTl and AMC back on the air with new episodes!!!

Missing Llandview and OLTL!!!!!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Totally agree.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I too, am missing Llanview and Pine Valley.

Beth
Beth

Looking forward to Debbi Morgan, Darnell Williams and Sal Stowers getting acknowledged by their peers, if only with a nomination but hopefully a win or two or three. The Emmys were becoming comical with only four shows eligible. It makes winning with hardly any competition a joke. Now at least there’s something to be said for winning if there are six shows in competition.

Omar
Omar

You are so right Beth!!

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

SO agree! Sal Stowers more than anyone, truly, deserves at the VERY least a nomination.

dave
dave

With the with the exception of Erika Slezak’s award winning performances ,OLTL was always overlooked when it came to awards. Awards and award shows just seem to be politics not who did the outstanding job.

KFunkMob
KFunkMob

OLTL has been my favorite show since 1986, and while a few crumbs have been thrown here and there (the 2002 Drama Series Emmy win, the increased ratings after the cancellation announcement, the primetime episode in 1998and the promos around it, etc.) over the years, it is my opinion that OLTL has been sorely overlooked (and treated like a stepchild of ABC) in a lot of areas (promos, appearances on other shows, etc.) for a LOOOOOOONNNG time.

Alex
Alex

I agree! ABC always treated OLTL like an unwanted bastard child they were embarrassed to admit was theirs, much like a character on one of their soaps, even though IMO it was their best soap. I can’t stand Erica and AMC, although the new version is much better. And GH is plain awful. The Emmys have always overlooked OLTL, instead they like to award their favorites like BB and YR, which IMO are garbage. What is wrong with Steff and Hope? Now PP is treating OLTL with the same disrespect ABC did. It makes me sick. 😉

dave
dave

One more thing…..PP & ABC or whoever just get your act together and put AMC and OLTL back into production again!

Terri Miller
Terri Miller

AMEN to THAT!!! Wonder what we FANS have to do to get these shows back on the air or online?!?! Obviously, our voices AREN’T being heard!!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Ditto!!!!!!!!!!!

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

You both have done one thing we fans can do. Comment on any and every article that mentions any soap and share those articles with everyone you can. Our voices have been heard and we need to continue to be heard!
And it wouldn’t hurt to watch both shows again on Hulu…

Cabrity
Cabrity

Hopefully PP will settle lawsuit soon so BOTH shows can start season 2!

carla
carla

Who cares? I want amc to start production.Seems like the same actors win every year anyway.

Charles
Charles

Now Debbie Morgan may finally get an Emmy for best performance in a leading role as Actress…she has been snubbed, long enough.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I care. All these people should be eligible for all their hard work.

Diane F
Diane F

#-1 I love lucy fan…I don’t think there will be a season 2 on all my children 🙁 . Think OLTL and AMC were shut down once more.

No1_ILoveLucyFan
No1_ILoveLucyFan

I’ve asked Michael Fairman & others about the production status of AMC (it was supposed to have started up this week, I believe), but have not received any responses about it. Losing TK will be a hurdle for AMC, without a doubt, but if they can get MEK back for more than just a few shows, they might have some good ratings.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

OLTL is shelved indefinitely, due to the ongoing contractual lawsuit between abc/d and PP.

AMC is still on hiatus, they have had two dates pass when they were supposed to resume production. Many actors have said they are hearing they will resume after the first of the new year – but nothing is firm yet. I am still hopeful.

Diane F
Diane F

fingers crossed 🙂 thanks

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

If OLTL couldnt win best soap for its final year on ABC, i doubt the online version would win unless there is an award for how many times they said s..t in one episode… The begining wasnt good…OLTL didnt improve until the end…and Natalie’s scream and look of terror was sooo bad i wanted Alison to knock her out!!! I hope im wrong but i dont think there will be a second season…

Daisy Day
Daisy Day

I don’t think is fair to the regular TV soap operas that produce and deliver 5 episodes a week. It is unfair to the actors, the production staff and the crafts in these daily programs. These daytime dramas, i.e. AMC, OLTL and web series; should be judged in a separate category similar to what NARAS (Recording Academy) has done with digital downloads, etc.

Derek
Derek

But acting is acting. No matter how many episodes the show produces.

Anna
Anna

It wasn’t fair to cancel AMC and OLTL to being with.

They’re eligible.

Deal with it.

Enrique
Enrique

it’s totally fair, look at House of Cards it won Emmys. it’s like every other show on television

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

They said similar things about cable programs when they first started because of the different production values. Yet they all compete against the regular network shows.

Jack Grandeur
Jack Grandeur

Well I think many of us are just so completely frustrated and bewildered by Prospect Park’s deafening silence regarding the status of either ALL MY CHILDREN or One Life to Live that even good news is overshadowed by these emotions.
Why can’t Prospect Park simply issue a statement?

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

Days of our Lives should once again receive the top honor! Still the most innovative soap on air!! Edgy and entertaining!!! DAYS delivers daring daytime drama delisiously!!!! Have fun; play in the sand!!!!!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I am very happy with the news of these rule changes. The hard working professional on these shows deserve to have their work recognized just like everyone else.

To TPTB at PP, please, please, please bring back OLTL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

diane
diane

one life to live will not be back. lets face it, its over. the online version really sucked big time. prospect park are idiots. they are flakes just like abc.

Omar
Omar

I disagree with u..Thank you for Prospect park in doing something nobody, no network or production team would have ever done AND that is to revive our beloved shows somehow and somewhere..PP is taking baby steps; this is a work in progress new concept, so I think they will not just give up on this only after the 1st season.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Agree with Omar. At least they are trying!

Jack Grandeur
Jack Grandeur

Prospect Park holds the rights to ALL MY CHILDREN for almost a full decade from what I understand. They may bring the show back for a “Season 2” if the financial backing is there, and if other matters are resolved. So, unfortunately, there is no way to know when and if it will return, and what actors will be available. Obviously, if the plan is for the show to be back in January, they would really have to get production dates moving along, and I don’t see that happening. Evidently, all the Actors and people involved with TOLN / Prospect Park have been advised not to issue any statements whatsoever and to refrain from commenting when asked about the status of the so-called “Season 2”.
It is a very very sad situation indeed.

Scott
Scott

GREAT Sal NEEDS a nomination and production must resume for both shows!!!
Hopefully this will be a motivating factor for Prospect Park.

Kate
Kate

I think if PP could combine the actors from AMC and OLTL into a 5 day -1hour show, it could be a great show provided it was written well. They could take AJ and Miranda back down to appropriate ages and bring in the younger people from OLTL. Let Blair run the coffee shop instead of that awful nightclub or at least make the nightclub not so sleazy. I would really like to have Krystal running the coffee shop. Jesse and Bo could run the police department. We’ve got David ,Angie , and Joe being doctors. I think these shows could go together very easily. I am an AMC fan but would welcome and enjoy the actors from OLTL. Anybody else like this idea? I would love to see Vicki , Dorian ,and Erika in a room together!

Johnny
Johnny

Yes, I’ve been saying it for years, they should combine the characters since Pine Valley is not far from Landview, and the show would be (working title)
ALL MY CHILDREN HAVE ONE LIFE TO LIVE – Obviously I don’t mean that as a true name for the show but they could title the show something else and keep the familiar characters from both shows. Heck it wouldn’t be any worse than constantly showing people dancing at SHELTER on the recent One Life or having everyone having business meetings at Jane’s Coffee Shop on ALL MY CHILDREN. With a little imagination and clever writing, they could combine the two shows, both creations of Agnes Nixon.

Keith
Keith

ABC looked into combining both shows to cut costs several years before they were cancelled. There were several crossover story lines broadcast like the baby swap with Kevin, Kelly and RJ, but the idea failed at that time. But maybe the time has come.

BTW we had a game whjile watching to find the same set in Llanview and Pine Valley. Coffee shop=Coffee shop. Dorian’s house=Chandler’s house. Bo’s office=FBI gal’s office. Matt’s apartment=Pine Valley Police. And so on. lots of fun cause the plots were so boring. 😉

mgb357
mgb357

I will be cancelling my HuluPlus subsription.

Tired of waiting and waiting and waiting…….

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

YAAAAAAAAY! I am happy for all those involved with these shows, now they will be eligible to be honored for their work. Good job NATAS!

Ted Olson
Ted Olson

We need working titles from fans who want to see both shows combined.

Maybe they could call it “One Life in Pine Valley” ~ they really could easily combine the two shows, the sets are pretty much the same anyway and Jesse could be called in to investigate the terrible fire that happened at SHELTER – it would be a great way to get rid of SHELTER and then gradually mesh the characters from both shows together. This would appease fans of both One Life and AMC and it would be a whole new show.

Amber
Amber

Please hurry up and do season 2 for amc and oltl i really miss watching them.

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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

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The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

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The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

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Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

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It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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